"Dissident theologians" forgotten but not gone
A has-been is someone who achieved some past level of fame or success, never surpassed it or translated it into more recent success, and so remains stuck in a time-warp. Think Adam West signing autographs on the hood of the Batmobile at a trade show in Toledo.
But this group of "dissent theologians" aren't has-beens. They're never-weres, still trying to make their mark on a world too dumb to appreciate their genius.
Maybe the needed beatification miracle from John Paul the Great will be the conversion of one of these folks.